BUSINESS IN PASO ROBLES
Why expand or locate a new business in Paso Robles?
If "quality of life" for you and your employees is as important as the "bottom line", Paso Robles is an excellent choice. Among the advantages of Paso Robles are:
Economy: Paso Robles has a strong and diverse economy.
- 2012 Central Coast Economic Forecast [pdf]
Luis Obispo County Economic Forecast
Pages from the California Economic Forecast [8.5mb pdf]
- Paso Robles Economic Forecast (2009) [pdf]
- San Luis Obispo County Economic Vitality Corp. [website]
Wine Industry: As California’s fastest growing wine region and largest geographic appellation, the Paso Robles American Viticultural Area (AVA) is a 24-square-mile territory encompassing more than 26,000 vineyard acres and over 170 wineries. Paso Robles is a unique wine region blessed with optimal growing conditions for producing premium and ultra premium wines: greater day-to-night temperature swings than any other appellation in California, distinct micro-climates, diverse soils and a long growing season. As a result, more than 40 wine grape varieties are grown in Paso Robles, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Viognier, Roussanne, and Zinfandel, the area’s heritage wine varietal. The economic impact of wine and grapes in the Paso Robles AVA is estimated at $1.5 billion, employing 7,000 persons with a total payroll of $182 million. Read more in the Economic Impact Report.
Quality of Life: Paso Robles is a great place to visit, with attractions of many types - see our list at www.TravelPaso.com. The only thing better than visiting Paso Robles, is living in Paso Robles!
Housing: Paso Robles has among the most affordable housing in San Luis Obispo County.
Available Land: There are hundreds of acres of commercial and industrially zoned properties in different parts of the City, close to highways, rail and airport links.
Infrastructure: City facilities (water & wastewater) are planned for long-range growth and provided by the City in advance of when they are needed.
Utilities: Water, wastewater treatment, roads, and public safety needs anticipate growth and development 15 years in advance, and the City has funding commitments to continue facilities expansion.
Transportation/Communications: Paso Robles lies along the transportation and telecommunications highways of California. Bisected by Highways 101 and 46, and served by the Union Pacific Railroad, the community is central to all of California. DSL and cable high-speed data service are available to residents and business.
Attitude: The City is known for its "business friendly" attitude. Commercial and industrial development projects are processed at competitive speed.
Educational Opportunities: Paso Robles is the home of the North County Campus of Cuesta College, providing educational opportunities for youth and adults.
Parks, recreation, and library services are high priorities for Paso Robles. The City has invested approximately $15 Million during the last decade to provide a new library and district park facilities.
The City and its economic development partners provide a support network for business expansion and location in Paso Robles. Here are some of the related policies, programs and organizations that are behind this effort:
Economic Development Strategy: A City policy to encourage manufacturing, tourism, retail sales and housing, plus facilitating the development review process. The Economic Development Strategy sets forth the goals, objectives and program in each of these areas.
Economic Development Team: Each Monday afternoon, staff representatives of Planning, Engineering, Building, and Emergency Services provide pre-application review for new developments. This no fee review is designed to identify issues or challenges that may be associated with a development project and provides applicants with an opportunity to find design solutions. The Economic Development Team is committed to facilitating the development review process.
Economic Vitality Corporation (San Luis Obispo)
The Economic Vitality Corporation (EVC) is the primary economic development agency for San Luis Obispo County and each of it's cities including Paso Robles. The EVC assists local and relocating companies with a variety of business resources and services including business attraction and creation; business retention and expansion; site location, commercial property acquisition, and building permits; international trade and import and export issues through a private in-house consultant and the BuyUSA trade program; business financial assistance and loans; a unique trailing spouse job network; and special economic gardening practices. Visit their web site at www.sloevc.org/.
Paso Robles Redevelopment Agency: On June 29, 2011 as part of the 2011-12 State budget bill, the California Legislature enacted, and the Governor signed, AB 1X 26, which dissolved all redevelopment agencies in the State of California. Pursuant to AB 1X 26, a seven-member Oversight Board to the Successor Agency was formed to oversee the Successor Agency’s activities to wind down Redevelopment operations. More information regarding the Oversight Board of the Successor Agency to the Redevelopment Agency can be found here.
Chamber of Commerce: Located at 1225 Park Street, the Chamber provides support to businesses seeking to expand in or relocate to Paso Robles. You can visit the Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce website or call them at (805) 238-0506.
Paso Robles Main Street Program: An award winning program, Main Street fosters business expansion and development in the downtown area. Through a four-point approach (Organization, Design, Promotion and Economic Restructuring), Main Street helps insure the economic vitality of Downtown Paso Robles. Visit the Main Street website or contact them at (805) 238-4103.
Downtown Development Opportunities: Preservation and expansion of the downtown area is a City priority identified in the General Plan, Redevelopment Plan, and Economic Development Strategy. It finds implementation in the policies of both the Planning Commission and City Council. Among the incentives for downtown development are preferential off-street parking requirements, funding through the Community Development Block Grant Program for health and safety improvements, and City capital projects designed to encourage downtown investments. The Planning Division at (805) 237-3970 can provide further details and assistance.
Airport Area Commercial and Industrial Development: Development opportunities surround the Paso Robles Municipal Airport. With one of the best weather patterns and exceptional physical facilities (main runway 6,000 feet and planned for further expansion) and a new Regional Air Terminal, the City's Airport provides a convenient resource for business development. Business Park zoning and land is available for either lease (at the airport) or purchase (surrounding the airport). Please visit the Planning Division for information on General Plan and Zoning. The Public Works Department is the contact point for Airport Leases.
For More Information
There are a number of local realtors who specialize in commercial and industrial properties. The Chamber of Commerce at (805) 238-0506 can provide a list of their members, as can the local Association of Realtors at (805) 238-1244.